Specialty Functional Medicine Testing
We offer naturopathic and functional medicine testing to individuals in the Kansas City area in order to gain further insight into the causes and progression of their autoimmune conditions, fatigue, insomnia, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorder, hormone-related issues, gastrointestinal disorders, and more. The results of these specialty labs are important because they provide us with additional information that helps us to construct more effective, individually-tailored wellness plans and help you become healthier and happier, faster.
The tests described below are just a few of lab tests that have helped many of our patients along the path of renewed health. Because we take an individualized approach with each patient, we may recommend different functional medicine testing options for your specific case.
Micronutrient Status Testing
Our micronutrient testing gives insight into patients’ state of health by measuring functional deficiencies at the cellular level. The test allows us to measure how well the body utilizes vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites. These micronutrients are the building blocks from which the body produces enzymes, hormones, and other substances essential for proper growth, development, and good health. This test provides the basis of a personalized, functional medicine approach in addressing a broad variety of clinical conditions including arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular risk, diabetes, various immunological disorders, metabolic disorders, and micronutrient deficiencies.
Digestion and Stool Analysis
The comprehensive stool analysis provides valuable information regarding digestion and absorption status, as well as the presence and types of bacteria, yeast, and parasites in the gastrointestinal tract. It also provides information regarding beneficial bacteria, intestinal immune function, and signs of gastrointestinal inflammation and metabolic dysfunction. It can be useful in cases of digestive disorders, suspected dysbiosis, brain fog, behavioral problems, and learning difficulties.
Metabolic Testing for Developmental and Mental Health Conditions
This test looks at a metabolic snapshot of your body by evaluating intestinal yeast and bacteria, metabolites of various neurotransmitters, and more. This is important because research is showing that abnormally high levels of certain microorganisms and their metabolites can cause or worsen behavioral disorders, hyperactivity, movement disorders, fatigue, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and immune dysfunction. This test also provides valuable information regarding vitamin and mineral status and oxidative stress as well as valuable information regarding autism spectrum disorders, other developmental disorders, and many other mental health conditions.
Adrenal Function Testing
The adrenal stress index provides valuable information for patients who seem to have low tolerance to stress, those who have a difficult time waking in the morning, feel that they have low energy during the day, have a difficult time falling asleep or staying asleep at night, who have symptoms of poor blood sugar regulation, who have unexplained cravings, who struggle with obesity, and more. It may also provide valuable information for patients who struggle with depression and with attention-deficit disorder.
Male and Female Hormone Testing
Our male and female hormone panel evaluates adrenal and sex hormone levels and can detect problems with weight gain; impaired memory; insomnia; digestion; blood pressure; cravings; low libido, infertility, and other sexual dysfunction; immune system problems; symptoms related to pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), menstruation, menopause, and peri-menopause; uterine fibroids; and more.
Genetic Testing for Mental Health Concerns
This genetic test looks at a group of key genes then enables providers to optimize treatment for patients with mental health concerns and those taking psychotropic medication. It identifies genetic markers that are specific to each patient. These genetic markers provide us with information regarding which treatments are likely to work as intended, which are not likely to have any effect, and which are likely to cause adverse or unwanted side-effects. This test is used to guide treatment for a range of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), autism, schizophrenia, and substance abuse.
Genetic Testing for Optimal Detoxification, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and More
This genetic test looks at a group of key genes that may uncover potential genetic susceptibility to autism spectrum disorder and other developmental issues, neurodegenerative disorders, and mood disorders. Genetic mutations in these genes may affect your body’s ability to clear potentially harmful substances (commonly referred to as detox) and may lead to increased oxidative stress. Understanding your genetic profile as it relates to these specific genes can provide valuable information regarding contributing factors to your current state of health and provide us with the knowledge required to give the body what it needs to combat the effects of genetic mutations and to help you experience improved health.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Food sensitivity testing can provide valuable information regarding delayed reactions (as opposed to immediate hypersensitivity reaction such as a shellfish allergy) or sensitivity to specific foods. The results of this test provide insight into potential causes of a variety of chronic conditions, including skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis; gastrointestinal disorders such as bloating and chronic constipation and diarrhea; neurological, developmental, and mental health conditions such as various types of headaches, autism spectrum disorder, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder; and more. Our food sensitivity panel tests delayed hypersensitivity reactions to a variety of different food proteins. This includes both foods to which people frequently manifest sensitivities and other foods that we don’t usually suspect. The panels test for various forms of dairy; various types of beans; a variety of fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetables; gluten; other grains; yeast; and more.
We also offer advanced testing for autoimmune disease; specialty tests to evaluate for heavy metal toxicity, mold/biotoxin illness, hereditary cancer risk, and other genetic abnormalities; and more.